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Good riddance, tea party

| Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 8:56 p.m.

Has the tea party run its course? Look at its success or lack thereof in the last election.

It didn't make Barack Obama a “one-term president,” as Michele Bachmann had repeated during the last few years. And face it, this wasn't a popular movement rising from the grass roots. To be sure, many think it was. But big-money donors like the Koch brothers funding Americans for Prosperity aren't going to throw money at groups that — let's face it — failed.

Even Dick Armey left FreedomWorks, claiming tea-party candidates were — I'll be gracious — less than competent! So, the people who channeled money to tea-party groups have started to turn away from them.

Now, with the fiscal-cliff legislative disaster for Republicans in the U.S. House, they have shown the tea party isn't to be feared by establishment Republicans. Look at the easy re-election of John Boehner as speaker of the House!

Boehner will not forget those who have caused him nothing but grief these last few months and years in the House. And I'm not talking about Democrats. Boehner will turn his attention to House tea partyers and shy away from raising the money they need to run re-election campaigns.

Tip O'Neill once said that “money is the mother's milk of politics,” and the tea party will find itself pulled away from the political teat of political fundraising.

The tea party is over — thank you very much!

Nick Balandiat

Baldwin Borough

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